Objectivity, Audits and Attribution When Calculating Risk

So you reckon you can calculate risk to 3 decimal places?? Think again. A recent article by Dr Robert Long, that may make you rethink your belief in Risk Assessment as being objective!. If you liked this article then you should read the whole series:  Extract: Finally, we should be self-reflective about our assessments and …

Selective Safety and Well Being

Selective Safety and Well Being It is always entertaining to observe these organisations spruiking the latest spin and fads in HR and organizing. The fad of ‘hot desking’ and ‘open offices’ is such an example (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/open-plan-offices-arent-working-20160727-gqexts.html ). It is also amusing to go into these organisations with safety first, zero mantras and well being spin …

Incommensurability and Discourse in Risk

Incommensurability and Discourse in Risk One of the most important concepts discussed by Feyerbend, Laktos, MacIntyre and Kuhn is that of incommensurability. Incommensurability refers to incongruence and misunderstanding between linguistic structures. What this means is that disciplines are limited in what can be understood outside of their own discipline. One’s language limits one’s understanding and …

Anchoring, Framing and Priming Risk

Anchoring, Framing and Priming Risk One of the foundations of communicating to the unconscious through semiotics is understanding how words, language, signs, symbols and discourse ‘prime’, ‘frame’ and ‘anchor’ at an unconscious level. Every communication operates at a number of levels and it is most often the ‘hidden’ message that is the most powerful. This …

Why Personify Safety?

Why Personify Safety? I spoke at a conference last week and had the unfortunate experience of following a presentation by a regulator. When will safety people get sick and tired of being bombarded with statistics, injury rates, graphs and charts? I have no idea why safety people would want to hear such stuff. I couldn’t …